Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) reports that Canada's organic market grew to $3.7 billion in 2012 (wow), with national sales of certified organic food and non-alcoholic beverages reaching $3 billion.
This is a big deal. To put it into perspective, consider that U.S. sales of organic food and beverages averaged about $26.7 billion in 2010, so $3.7 billion is nothing to sneeze at. According to COTA, Canadian organic food market value has tripled since 2006. It's estimated that a diverse consumer base is driving industry growth and a full 58% of Canadians buy organic products every single week. Seriously, wow. This might be a good time for U.S. organic businesses to take advantage of the US-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (US-COEA).
Matthew Holmes, Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade Association, notes, "At the industry's urging, the government implemented strict national standards and label requirements in 2009 to uphold consumer confidence in organic claims, so it's tremendously gratifying to see this result in such strong market growth and continued consumer commitment to organic."
The full BC report and national highlights are available at www.ota-canada.ca.